No, bald people probably aren’t at higher risk of getting very sick with COVID-19.
Two recent studies that have looked at men and women hospitalized with COVID-19 and their hair. Some doctors have speculated that elevated male sex hormones--which are connected to baldness--put people at higher risk of getting very sick with COVID. Both studies found that people who had hair loss were more likely to suffer serious consequences from the disease.
But there’s a caveat: these studies didn’t account for age. That’s an issue, since older people are more likely to have a bad case of COVID and also more likely to be bald. The studies were also small (41 patients and 175 patients), and hard to interpret in other ways. This makes it hard to come to any conclusions about the results. What’s the upshot? So far, we don’t have good evidence that baldness affects COVID-19.
Last update: August 3, 2020, 9:00 am ET
Science review: JAB, GSN